Two vaping illnesses reported in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Two Rhode Island cases have been added to the national investigation into vaping and lung injury, according to Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).

These are the first two reported vaping illnesses in Rhode Island.

RIDOH says both individuals experienced symptoms in early September and were hospitalized. Both individuals were discharged from the hospital after approximately one week and are recovering.

One was in the 18 to 24-year-old age range. The other person was in the 25 to 35-year-old age range. 

RIDOH also noted that both cases are not linked together.

Both individuals gave their vaping products to RIDOH for further testing. 

Given the unknowns about the lung injuries from vaping the CDC is reporting the number of cases in each state using the term “confirmed and probable cases.” Rhode Island’s two cases are among these “confirmed and probable cases,” according to RIDOH.

As of Oct. 2, there have been 805 vaping related cases reported from 46 states and one U.S. territory. This statistic does not include the two new cases in Rhode Island. 

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